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From the CEO, Fred J. Meis

April 2014

March is shaping up to be a very busy month on the hospital side of patient care which is up considerably compared to February which was very slow. Just the other day, March 25th, we had 9 out of our 10 beds on acute filled. This is also the time of year that we celebrate Doctor’s Day that falls on the 30th of March each year. I do wish to express my appreciation for Dr. Pierce as he has been keeping things going since Dr. Althouse left and is excited that Dr. Althouse will once again be joining him on the medical staff. Last year at this time, Amanda Thom left and we were looking for doctors as well. I am pleased to say that things are much better as I write this article as we will have Tiffany Weeder, APRN joining our Medical Staff in August and with the return of Dr. Althouse it will once again allow us to fill the vacancies on our medical staff here at KCHS. I also would be remiss if I did not mention the assistance we have been able to bring in from our locums doctors such as Dr. Jahnke, Dr. Miller, Dr. Finkner, and Dr. Greenquist. I wish them all Happy Doctor’s Day as well.

Employee of the Month- Sharyn Kovacs

Sharyn has been employed at KCHS as an Acute Care RN for almost 12 years. Sharyn was nominated for Employee of the Month because she speaks up if she is uncomfortable with a situation and advocates for the patients. Also, she is responsible, accountable, and follows policies and procedures. Moreover, Sharon does a wonderful job of protecting patient’s privacy and rights.

Sharyn has been married to her husband, Frank for almost 25 years. They have 2 children and their youngest will start school in the fall. Sharyn moved to Minden from Massachusetts in 2002 and started work at KCHS that same year. In her free time, she enjoys gardening, exercising, crafts, and being with her family. Sharyn is very active in her church. Moreover, little Frank keeps her very busy. Congratulations Sharyn for being chosen as the April Employee of the Month! Thank you for all that you do for the patients, residents, and staff at KCHS

Stay Connected - WiFi Available at KCHS

For the convenience of our residents, patients and their visitors, KCHS launched wireless internet service (WiFi). The complimentary wireless access is available throughout the KCHS campus including LTC resident’s rooms, LTC solarium and dining room, hospital patient rooms and lobbies. To use the service, open your wireless device and a login screen will appear. Since the service is password protected, visitors will need to obtain the password. The nurses staff will be glad to assist you.

From the Standards of Behavior Committee

Standard of the Month:  Dedication

Dedicated employees can make any place a great place to work, and KCHS is no exception. This month, the Standard is being dedicated, which gives us a chance to recognize those around us for all of the great things they do every day. When you notice someone showing dedication— either to the organization, a coworker, or a customer, write it on a nomination card. It makes people feel great to know that their work is being noticed. Some things you might see others doing that you can recognize as dedication are:

 • Committing themselves to providing great service to our community, patients, and residents.

 • Avoiding tardiness and unexcused absences.

 • Doing their best!

 • Showing willingness to help others with tasks, even if it isn’t part of their job.

 • Following through with commitments.

 • Increasing their education about providing great service.

 • Being prepared to work when they enter the building.

 • Actively participating in the organization, and supporting KCHS.

 “Dedicate some of your life to others. Your dedication will not be a sacrifice. It will be an exhilarating experience because it is an intense effort

 applied toward a meaningful end.” –Dr. Thomas Dooley

If you consider a KCHS employee as "dedicated" please send your comments to We would be happy to hear from you and will pass it on to our employees! 

From Long Term Care and HinterLong Living

The Kearney County Medical Foundation Auxiilary is generously donating the proceeds from their dues and the annual Plant and Bake Sales held on the first Saturday in May, to Long Term Care. The LTC residents have requested the proceeds be used for updating the hallway decor. The maintenance and housekeeping staff have given the walls and doorways a fresh coat of paint so after the May Plant and Bake Sale we hope to provide the hallways a new look.

Welcome New Employees!

Amanda Boldt, Adrian Romero, Trista Smith, Portia Jameson- Long Term Care

Barbara Stutz-Volunteer Coordinator

Joselynn Wiedel-Dietary Department